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February 26, 2020

Volunteer board opportunities at diversity and inclusion body

An Aberdeen-based organisation that promotes diversity and inclusion in the energy sector is seeking volunteers for its executive board.

AFBE-UK Scotland, which supports engineers from under-represented groups, is looking for new members to take the work of the organisation forward in 2020 and beyond – and to capitalise on the wider opportunities that board membership offers.

It requires support for the many networking and development events that the not-for-profit organisation hold every year – including deputy coordinators for its popular Real Projects and Transition programmes.

Other board positions that the body is looking to fill include general secretary, deputy webmaster, social media coordinator, student representatives and events coordinator. Applications are open to members and non-members, although applicants from the latter category will be required to join as part of the process.

Dr Ollie Folayan, chair of AFBE-UK Scotland, said: “We are looking for people with dedication, commitment and – most importantly – bags of enthusiasm to contribute to the work of AFBE-UK Scotland as and when required.

“These are exciting opportunities not only to become involved in the work of AFBE-UK Scotland but to broaden professional horizons. The benefits of board membership range from developing competencies towards chartership and fellowship to engaging regularly with senior industry people, MPs and even cabinet ministers.

“There are also opportunities to take up industry-wide committee roles and become actively involved in industry conferences, dinners and seminars.”

People interested in applying to join the executive board have until Friday, January 24 (2020) to submit their application to – applicants should include a copy of their CV and state the role they are interested in.

AFBE-UK Scotland has engaged with thousands of young people at its events across Aberdeen and Edinburgh since being established in Scotland in 2011.

It provides training, mentorship and other support for young people from minority backgrounds pursuing careers in engineering and the energy sector.

The organisation has three engagement programmes: its schools programme, NextGen, in which industry professionals give up their time to highlight engineering as a career choice to pupils; Real Projects, which invites industry professionals to speak on their area of expertise, and Transition, which gives students and recent graduates practical career advice through talks, CV reviews and mock interviews.

AFBE-UK Scotland is a not-for-profit organisation that encourages young people, particularly those of black and minority ethic (BME) origin, to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Most of its work centres around the energy sector.

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